Tuesday, 20 May 2014, 1115 UTC
Unable to attend:
Francesco De Paolis
ARISS I Agenda:
Roll Call—Rosalie White, K1STO
Frank recounted that Kenneth has been working only part-time for a while due to budget issues. With help from NASA Johnson Teaching From Space, we have gotten some additional funding. Kenneth is once again working full time as of yesterday (May 19). There is funding for him through September 30 and he can again schedule schools through September 30. We were able to get a little more funding that will help toward the weeks after September 30.
Trinesha said we can operate at full level through September 30. Our team will continue to press forward with schools even though we’re unsure about future funding.
1. ARISS-Canada Delegation Changes: Daniel Lamoureux, VE2KA—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO and Stefan Wagener, VE4NSA
Daniel sent his resignation from being an ARISS Canadian Delegate, for personal reasons, to Frank and Rosalie. Rosalie sent an email to Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW, president of Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) to ask if he has determined a person to replace Daniel. Stefan and Frank shared thought at Dayton about it, and Stefan was able to talk with Geoff at Dayton, as well, about who might be appropriate to take over for Daniel. Geoff has someone in mind who has experience with satellites and ARISS, but has not talked to the person as of this time.
2. ARISS-I Operations and ARISS-US Update—Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Right now, there are no US-side crew members onboard the ISS who have their ham radio licenses, so we are a few weeks away from being able to schedule schools. With Kenneth working full time again, he will plan scheduling as soon as it is possible.
AMSAT-NA has moved ARISS Ops to a new server, and some of the files look a little different. This should be sorted out soon.
Sergey began re-programming the D-700, and continue with it on May 26. In June, a Progress rocket will deliver a cable that will allow re-programming of the D-710. He will also update software for the SSTV system so images can be sent real time. In August, after the cable is onboard, images can be broadcast (3 minutes of broadcasting, then an interval) to schools under a program honoring Gagarin. Also planned is the automatic broadcasting for 2-3 orbits so hams on the ground can receive images. In September, a school educational TV program, called Galileo, will transmit lessons about life in space including how crew members are trained for using the ham equipment.
Quite a few ARISS team members were at the Dayton Hamvention, and a meeting was held for all who could attend, including Elan Feingold of ISS Fan Club fame. A few hams were in attendance who are new to ARISS and are interested in supporting ARISS in various ways.
3. ESTEC Meeting: Status on motions and action items---Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
Rosalie sent two emails to everyone. One email contained a form for Delegates to vote on four motions. One email contained a form to vote on a fifth motion. Not all Delegates have voted as of this time. Frank asked Delegates to please review any notes received from your teams, and vote prior to midnight UTC, this Saturday, May 24.
Rosalie also sent a list of Action Items compiled from discussions at ESTEC. Please send any comments on this list as soon as possible to Frank, Oliver, and Rosalie.
4. Update for Ham TV & CW Beacon—Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
Gaston reported that the HamTV team continues to hold weekly telecons on Thursday afternoon.
ESA wants to field test HamTV with a school, possibly in early September, on a contact by Gerst with Gymnasium Siegburg Alleestraße in Siegburg, Germany. Tentative plans are to install a video station at the school in conjunction with the planned voice station and in addition to a networked chain of video ground stations.
A HamTV ground station is being set up in western Ireland using hardware provided by Kayser Italia. The station will be part of a chain of ground stations in Ireland - France - north Italy - south Italy.
Jean-Pierre continues to work on the streaming software. Plans are to use a European Space Agency server in Italy to stream video to the contacted school, along with the BATC servers for the general public.
Kerry Banke is experimenting with a Chinese downlink converter.
Lou reported that Kayser Italia agreed to provide an adaptor cable for the rare antenna connector used on the Ham Video transmitter. The adaptor cable will allow the beacon project (and any others) to be connected using readily available N connectors.
Gaston said that the HamTV team plans to propose to the Project Selection & Use Committee a project from Art Towslee, WA8RMC. This project uses a Raspberry Pi and SD card to supply images to the Ham Video transmitter via its camera port. It will allow full-time transmission of slide-show images instead of blank transmissions, and is expected to be used extensively after Ham Video is turned over to ARISS for operation.
5. New Business
1. New Business
Our next meeting will be 17 June 2014.